Month: July 2013

Next up…New York City

Two weeks out until my next trip….New York City. I have been there several times before, so this time I’m looking to go a little more in-depth and try some new things. My husband attends a conference there every year and most times I come along for the free ride, well almost free anyhow. While he sits in meetings all day, here is what I have on the agenda: City Pass— There are several city passes: New York Pass, New York City Pass, and New York City Explorer Pass. And each one is just a little different in how it works and what it covers. I made a list of the things I’d like to see and how much each costs separately. I added it up to see which pass fits best and if the price is worth it. I went with the NYC Explorer Pass this time. For $80 I can choose 3 tours or attractions from a list of 50 and I will have 9 days to use it. My wish list for this trip is NBC studios (I did this about 15 years ago, so it’s worth a repeat), the Natural History Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum including The Cloisters. I really wanted to go to Ellis Island (again), but it is still closed due to the hurricane damage. Gourmet Food Truck Walking Tour– $48– I...

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Alaska Cruise…notes exposed

I started out writing this in my usual day by day format and found it to be just too boring. Almost everything on this trip has gone as planned and what more is there to cruising than excursions and eating. I did experience/learn a few new things this time and here are some of the highlights— • Vancouver—In addition to doing a full day excursion to Victoria and Butchart Gardens, we did spend a morning walking about Granville Island. From our hotel downtown (Westin Grand) it is about a 15 minute walk to the Yaletown pier. There are several water taxi’s (Aqua Bus) going to different piers and Granville Island. This area is a farmers market/flea market type place selling fruit, vegetables, seafood, etc. There are lots of handicrafts and art galleries. • Second night on ship I do believe I witnessed the best sunset of my life and I am not usually one to ooh and ahh over sunsets. I also enjoyed having daylight until 11pm, more time to watch the whales from my balcony. • Celebrity Millennium, as most ships do has a pretty good offering of daily activities. Many that I regret not getting around too. I-phone/I-pad orientation, Zumba, a variety of wine/martini/port tastings. There are watercolor classes, scrapbooking, and most days a talk from the naturalist. • Something I learned this cruise for the next...

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